Happy Bob Cole Day

Happy Bob Cole Day

by TSM

If you either visit this site, or follow me on Twitter you know the sun rises and sets with Bob Cole in my world as it relates to hockey play by play. It would be easy to say it’s the voice I was raised to love the game on therefore it’s just familiar. I think it’s more than just that. Two men have called the most magical moments in my hockey life and on TV it’s Bob Cole. (On radio it’s Joe Bowen).

By far one of the best Cole moments

My favorite game has to be this one:

..I still refer to Detroit as DEE Troy IT. Hearing the game winner still brings chills. This one brings only smiles:

Yes, if you grew up in the Bob Cole area, he soundtracked the game for you. It’s truly a tribute to Bob reading and watching all over the media today the tributes. Glen Healy said it well, “he is the Sinatra of hockey” But Mike Babcock said it best, “He is a gentleman”

Bob on hockey? “I love the game”

Bob, for all that you have given so many of us, THANK YOU. You have enriched our lives and brought countless memories to so many that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Thanks to social media they will live on in sports history forever. Ohhhhh Baby.. A Beauty…

Finally here’s a good tribute.

Happy Saturday,

Jonah

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    Nicely done and thank you.

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    Is there any reason why TSN wouldn’t sign Bob to do some Toronto or Montreal games?

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    I honestly thought that once Scott Moore left Rogers, that they would re-consider Cole’s retirement. Sure he is 85, and he may mistake calls and players, but his voice is still iconic. And it’s not like he wanted this to end on his own accord.

    The real problem I have with this is that Rogers, and TSN for that matter, doesn’t have any young up-and-coming talent. It’ll just be a bunch of their current talent recycled calling the minimal games Cole called. Rick Ball and John Bartlett are good, but so much so they have to push Cole out? They seriously can’t find a handful of games in their slew of coverage to give the majority of Canadians their nostalgic moment every once in a while?

    Poor decision. To me, this is another example of Rogers being tone deaf to its viewers.

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    Louis 5 months ago

    I found it interesting that on the last PTS McCowan asked Shannon if Cole should have been retained by Sportsnet/HNIC. Shannon paused and explicitly refused to answer the question.

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    @Louis….I was watching that day. Shannon has never looked so uncomfortable. It was obvious that he didn’t appreciate Bob putting him on the spot.

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    Mario 5 months ago

    Great tribute the Bob Cole on Saturday night,I for one will miss your call .

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    Joe Bowen is amateur hour compared to Bob Cole.

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    Joe Bowen is amateur hour compared to Bob Cole. Actually he’s amateur hour against most broadcasters.

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    I found it interesting that on the last PTS McCowan asked Shannon if Cole should have been retained by Sportsnet/HNIC. Shannon paused and explicitly refused to answer the question.

    @Louis….I was watching that day. Shannon has never looked so uncomfortable. It was obvious that he didn’t appreciate Bob putting him on the spot.

    I was listening that day and I’ve never heard Shannon so stumped for words and evasive of a question. The way McCown asked the question was so deadpanned and spot on, and it seemed to have caught Shannon completely offguard.

    It was obvious Shannon thought it was time to move on, hence the tiptoeing. “Don’t get me wrong…I love Bob as a person…but…” He suggested that it was time to give the up-and-coming talent more of the spotlight. At which point I said out loud in my car, “Who?!” There is no “up-and-coming talent” in terms of play-by-play in Canada.

    Then he mentioned giving Ball and Bartlett greater roles. Hence me mentioning them in my previous post. Sorry John, but those guys don’t constitute up-and-comers. Nor are they that great that it means that it was enough to put Cole’s career out to pasture against his own will.

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    Mullah_Kintyre 4 months ago

    I prefer the Mike Richards version of “Bob Cole”.

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    I saw that Shannon-McCown interaction too, and I thought it was unfair of Bob to ask the question. “Do you think your friend should be pushed out the door right now?”
    That’s not cool.

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    Gary M 4 months ago

    All the comments about “shouldn’t they keep/hire Bob Cole” made more sense when he was 75 than 85. He’s phenomenal for 85, but at that point you’re getting into some real slurring and cognitive issues for a 3 hour live show.